THE STAGES OF PUPPYHOOD: TRAINING BASICS

Indoor Etiquette

If you have not owned a dog before and you've acquired a new puppy, then you'll
need to know what to expect with respect to his development.

Behavioral problems can be avoided in adulthood if you take measures to teach your
dog the proper way to behave from the first day you bring him home or adopt him.

For example, showing your dog the proper etiquette for living indoors is a priority. By
doing so, you can prevent such unwanted behaviors as barking, chewing, and
soiling.

What you Will Need

Therefore, you'll need to buy a crate or dog bed, bowls for food and water, collar and leash, and plenty of chew toys and treats. Make it a rule not to allow your new dog to sleep in your bed or jump on you. He has to learn early that this is unacceptable. Keep to a daily routine as well if you want to convey the right message when training your puppy and keep him from getting confused. It's easy to become diverted from training your puppy when you first bring him home. However, you must stay focused on educating your pet if you want him to stay on course behaviorally.

How to Welcome Puppy and Introduce Him to your Home

For instance, make the puppy's crate as inviting for him as possible. Include treats, blankets, and, again, plenty of chew toys for his amusement. Make sure he is praised when he does his business as he should and in the right area. If he does behave badly, correct the situation at once. A puppy's attention span is very brief. So, waiting a minute too long will not achieve any results. Firmly say "no!" to stop poor behavior and give puppy plenty of accolades when he complies and stops the activity. In cases, such as jumping, teaching your puppy the "Sit" command can help him understand that jumping is not acceptable. Dogs that are not taught as puppies that it's not proper to bark at random or jump can develop some behavioral issues when they become adults.

Establishing the Rules

So, make it a rule never to encourage certain puppy behaviors that you don't want to see when your dog is full grown, such as jumping, barking for attention, or biting. When addressing your dog, stay calm and positive. For instance, don't reprimand puppy, say, after he has soiled the carpet. Again, he won't understand as his attention span is very limited. You also don't want your new dog to freely explore the house. Set rules for your dog so he knows what is acceptable and what is not acceptable to do.

"Sit" and "Stay" - Two Essential Commands in Puppy Training

That all being said, getting through the first two weeks with your new dog are the most challenging as he'll be getting accustomed to his new environment. After this time, you'll want to teach your dog basic commands, like "Sit" or "Stay" - the most important directives in behavioral training. Don't yell or scream when puppy misbehaves. Again, stay calm and positive, and you'll meet your behavioral training goals.

The "Teenage" Years for Dogs

By the time your new dog reaches three months of age, he will start exhibiting his unique personality. In some cases, he may test your patience by ignoring some of the basic commands that you've taught him. However, if you show patience and firmness, you'll develop a good relationship with your dog. By the time your dog is four months old, he is already considered an "adolescent" in his development. Therefore, puppy will be experiencing some changes that will make training still somewhat of a challenge. In addition, he will also be teething, so you'll need to make sure he has plenty of chew toys at his disposal.

Stay Consistent in your Efforts

As long as you remain consistent and provide the proper behavioral cues, you can avoid dog behavioral problems and train your dog so that he is not only well-socialized but obedient too.

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